A casino (also known as a gaming house or gambling house) is an establishment that offers various types of gambling. Casinos are often built near or combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shops, and other tourist attractions. They are also a major source of revenue for many cities, states, and countries. In addition to gambling, casinos host live entertainment events such as concerts and sports matches. Some casinos also operate cruise ships.

Despite the flashy lights and free cocktails, casinos are engineered to slowly bleed their patrons of money. For years mathematically inclined people have tried to turn the tables, using knowledge of probability and game theory to beat the house. Despite their efforts, they are unlikely to win, as casinos have a number of built-in advantages designed to ensure that the house will always come out ahead.

One of the most well-known examples is the Monte-Carlo Casino, which opened in 1863 and has become a symbol of the principality of Monaco. Other famous casinos include the Bellagio, located in Las Vegas, and the Casino de Paris, which is located in France.

Casino is Martin Scorsese’s most violent movie, and it depicts the rise of gambling corporations in Vegas as mafia families lose control of a once-mighty city. Despite the violence, Scorsese’s masterful editing and taut narration keeps Casino a lean, mean thriller throughout.